Tag: SPRAT

Rope Access in the Wireless Industry

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
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VRS Training Manager Tom Wood discusses ways that SPRAT or IRATA certified Rope Access Technicians – using the tools, techniques and methods unique to rope access – can help solve access issues and increase worker safety within the growing Wireless Telecommunications Industries.

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WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE: Rope Access Rescue VS Backcountry High Angle Rescue Techniques

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Though many rural or wilderness first responders may not realize it, industrial rope access is likely going on in their back yard. The popularity of rope access as a means to access hard-to-reach and remote at-height work sites like dams, bridges, highway rock scaling projects and ridge-top cell towers has exploded in recent years. There are now thousands of Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) certified rope techs working in the U.S., and often their job sites are miles outside the jurisdictions of the urban municipal departments who train for industrial high angle rescue.

Though these rope access techs are trained to rescue themselves in the event of an accident or emergency, what happens if they are unable to do so? Could your rural or wilderness SAR agency safely and efficiently perform what used to be thought of as an industrial rescue? Just what is rope access anyway, and how do rope access technicians perform high angle rescues?


WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE: Rope Access Rescue VS Backcountry High Angle Rescue Techniques

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
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Webinar Description:
Though many rural or wilderness first responders may not realize it, industrial rope access is likely going on in their back yard. The popularity of rope access as a means to access hard-to-reach and remote at-height work sites like dams, bridges, highway rock scaling projects and ridge-top cell towers has exploded in recent years. There are now thousands of Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) certified rope techs working in the U.S., and often their job sites are miles outside the jurisdictions of the urban municipal departments who train for industrial high angle rescue.

Though these rope access techs are trained to rescue themselves in the event of an accident or emergency, what happens if they are unable to do so? Could your rural or wilderness SAR agency safely and efficiently perform what used to be thought of as an industrial rescue? Just what is rope access anyway, and how do rope access technicians perform high angle rescues? This presentation will answer these questions and many others by comparing and contrasting the techniques and gear employed by rope access technicians versus those of the backcountry rescuer when doing a one-on-one pickoff-type rescue of a suspended rope access worker.

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ASSE 2011 – Delivering Safety at Height in the Workplace

Thursday, June 16th, 2011
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This presentation was given at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Safety 2011 conference held June 12-15, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.


Permit-Based Rope Access Planning

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
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The Rope Access Permit (Work Plan) referenced by SPRAT Safe Practices documents is intended as a tool for the employer/safety manager to use in evaluating the work to be done and to ensure that all necessary considerations have been given the attention they deserve. The Rope Access Permit is more than just a Job Hazard Analysis; it is a comprehensive guideline to help think through practical safety and regulatory aspects of a given job. Attend this free webinar to learn more about how to plan your rope access work using the “Permit-Process”.

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Rope Access (SPRAT) Time Lapse

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Time lapse video of a VRS Rope Access (SPRAT) course at the PMI West facility. Thanks to Bill Aldorfer with CDOT Rockfall for shooting the video!


SPRAT 2010 – Safety vs. Compliance: Are they compatible?

Thursday, January 21st, 2010
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This presenation was given at the SPRAT 2010 annual conference held January 14-16, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.